• 2020,  Rashida Murphy

    REPOST: Moving in from the Margins with Rashida Murphy

    My best laid plans to publish a fresh interview before the new year has gone awry so here is a repost of  my interview with Rashida Murphy from earlier this year.   ***     Rashida Murphy is a Perth based writer, poet, mentor, and author of The Historian’s Daughter (2016, UWAP).  She has a Masters in English Literature and a PhD in Creative Writing from Edith Cowan University.  Rashida is also known in the local writing community for being a big supporter of emerging writers, especially those of us who are—for lack of a better term— ‘people of colour’, ‘ethnic writers’, ‘non-whites’, ‘third world looking’, ‘multicultural Australians’ [insert a…

  • 2020

    2020 Thus Far

    January:  It began in Sydney. People in masks at Muji and a Duty Free Store. Production was on schedule. February:  The new corona virus is not another seasonal flu. Phone shatters. March: Lock Down. No toilet paper. No hand sanitiser. No eucalyptus oil. No gatherings. No tea tree oil. No aloe vera. No Isopropyl alcohol. Gin and Vodka are not substitutes. No face-to-face classes. April: Recycled lectures begin. Still waiting for toilet paper. No paper towels or tissues. No plain flour. May – August: Schools open? Home schooling? Algebra and fractions. The first or second fleet of invasions? Teachers pay teachers so they don’t have to teach. It’s all a blur. September –…

  • Emma Young

    Emma Young: Journalist and Author of The Last Bookshop

    I’ve been so busy in 2020 that I haven’t had much time to update this blog.  I’ve been keeping a low profile on social media but I’m hoping that I’ll have more time towards the end of the year to interview more artists.  I had an interview with Perth author Jo Morrison planned, but life took over. Jo is one of three authors shortlisted for Fremantle Press’ TAG Hungerford prize. Meanwhile, please enjoy an earlier conversation I had with Emma Young.  Emma’s debut novel The Last Bookshop will be released this summer!   **   Emma Young is an award-winning journalist at WAtoday by day and a novelist before sunrise. I…

  • Sophronia Liu

    Sophronia Liu – A Shimmering Sea, 20th Century Hong Kong

    It has taken me a very long time to put together this post because I wasn’t sure how I could best honour my friend Sophronia Liu. I have had this post marked as “Private” for over a year. I met Sophie in 2010 at a conference in Hong Kong. I was immediately drawn to her creative energy and openness. Until I met Sophie, I’d never  met a female and Chinese artist my mother’s age, let alone  someone who was part of the 1960s Asian-American/civil rights movement.  At the time, Sophie was a PhD student who was working on her memoir, which was posthumously  published as The Shimmering Sea,  a collection…